Shade’s Last Run (2010) – By Tiffany Apan

In previous reviews I have expressed my own enjoyment for the film noir genre and style, so when I was asked to review the 28 minute short, Shade’s Last Run, I was more than happy to oblige.

Shade’s Last Run tells the story of Michael Shade (David Dietz), who is a courier for hire for an underground organization (sort of a mob/mafia type of deal). He appears to go unnoticed, but the government finally manages to close in on his route. He turns to his ex-partner and old flame Marie Sarosa (Jaime Slavinsky) for help in escaping. He then takes a chance to escape into the night where his ability for survival is tested. It may also possibly be his “final run.”

As I said before, Shade’s Last Run is within the film noir genre and style and is a throwback to such films popular between the 1930s-1950s, though it appears to take place in a relatively modern era. It’s a thriller that is also described on it’s facebook page as Noir Horror. And yes, it is shot in black and white. Overall, this is a very well done production. DP, Chris Nicolson, took wonderful advantage of a nice variety of camera angles which definitely adds to the production value. The acting is also believable between the two leads (Dietz and Slavinsky) as well as the rest of the cast. Joseph Stammerjohn also offers an enjoyable soundtrack to back the film. And last but not least, kudos to Jason Bender who was obviously very hands on with this film in the roles of director, scriptwriter, editor, and producer.

Another interesting thing to note is that Shade’s Last Run also won the 2010 Pittsburgh Filmmakers First Works Grant.

Shade’s Last Run was released to DVD through World Wide Multi Media with another film, Indemnity: Rage of a Jealous Vampire (which I reviewed a year ago and another worth checking out). The film was produced by Silicon Halo Media, Bending White Nicholson Film, and Third Eye Media. It stars David Dietz, Jaime Slavinsky, Don Riberchak, John Iwanonkiw, Brendan McCormick, Justin Garlow, Seth James, and Gino Dinardo.

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You can also pick it up on DVD with Indemnity: Rage of a Jealous Vampire at Amazon here.

And you can also watch it on YouTube here.